Energy company Fortum moved to new quarters in Keilaniemi, Espoo, southern Finland and the building was completely renovated in just six months. On the final stretch, Audico Systems installed AV systems into the company’s impressive showroom and dozens of conference rooms.
From the outside, the building is nothing but steel and glass. Its wing towards Länsiväylä motorway was renewed for Fortum’s headquarters. This impressive building once served Nokia in its glory days.
Electricity is in the air when I move from the light-filled lobby to a dim, oval-shaped space. My senses sharpen. This brand-new room with curved walls is called Showroom.
”In this room, we tell the story of our company. With the help of videos and new technology, we present different forms of power productions and showcase our social media feed on led screens. The non-stop feed is a way for us to show all the things we’re involved in and what people are saying about us”, Fortum’s Brand Manager Tarja Hänninen explains.
With all this technology, the interior design of the Showroom is pleasing to the eye. Hänninen shows how the colour of the ceiling changes and this also instantly transforms the mood of the space. The main screen, which is the size of 12 square metres, presents the current mega trends of the energy industry. In addition to this, the screen displays news on digitalisation, urbanisation and climate change.
I grab the virtual reality glasses next to the waterfall wall and immerse myself in the beautiful scenery of 360° videos. I explore a solar power plant in India, a wind power plant in Norway and hydroelectric power plant in Sweden. The interactive PufferSphere ball turns on when I touch it. The colourful globe illustrates where electricity is being used and how ocean currents and winds move around the world.
”Visitors entering the building can check out the room on their own or join us on a guided tour. In our Showroom, we host many kinds of events. Folks have been impressed by our imposing technique and the intense sounds coming from different directions. When our own employees or visitors come here to have a presentation, they can easily connect their devices to the image and sound systems of the room”, Tarja Hänninen praises.
Heading towards a wireless world
Fortum’s Service Manager Kari Juhani Innanen says that the cooperation between the three companies was effortless even in a large-scale AV operation such as this one. Grandlund Oy designed the renewal project of the AV technique and, after this, companies were invited to tender for the building contract. Audico Systems supplied and installed the majority of the equipment in Keilaniemi.
The new technology, such as big displays, LED walls, touch screens, wireless picture transmission systems, speakers and microphones, were needed not only in the Showroom, but also in over 50 conference rooms, a co-creation space and countless other spaces.
”Audico had a clear vision about the technology needed for executing our demands. They were also familiar with the industry’s latest trends. The company operated proactively, and they were keen on offering alternatives. In the end, we ended up giving the supplier a much larger share of the deliveries than we initially planned”, Innanen says.
”A good AV supplies does what was agreed on, stays on schedule and on budget. Audico did just these things, which is why we believe we chose the right partner”, Kari Juhani Innanen summarises.
”We are heading towards a wireless world. For example, wireless chargers have already become more and more common in conference rooms and on desks. We see picture transmission systems becoming the next wireless things and this means an image smoothly transferring from a laptop to the big screen. In other words, adapters of different standards would no longer be needed”.
A big change for the staff
The schedule was tight for completing the renovation of Fortum’s headquarters; the entire project was completed in just over six months. At the same time, Fortum underwent a big change in its working culture and, subsequently, this meant learning new ways of working. For the company’s own staff, the move meant relocating to a new space, which was one third the size of the previous office, and letting go of own desks.
Audico’s Head of Installation Marko Hyvärinen says that Fortum’s case was a good example of how well the company can perform even in extreme pressures both time-wise and mentally.
“The whole chain from device deliveries to final installations was done without any hassle. Hurry tends to strike building sites towards the end of the project since many things pile up in the end and we cannot begin our work until the last furniture is in place. But that’s something we’re used to and we know how to act accordingly”, Hyvärinen summarises.